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Over coffee the other day I lamented that my daily devotional time was “meh” and that I wasn’t connected very closely with God. I felt like I was phoning it in. My friend across the table asked if I was consistent with my devotions. “Well, sort of…” I started to say. Then I realized I wasn’t going to get away with that answer with him. “No” was the actual answer.   Read More ...

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In response to a question on the /r/writing subreddit, I decided to write this post. The question was: For the past couple of years, I’ve been doing all of my note-taking, rough drafts, and free writes in cheap composition notebooks. The problem is that by making an effort to write and study writing every day I’ve filled about 5 of these books and my 6th is about 80% full, and   Read More ...

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Over the past few years I developed a bad habit I didn’t even realize I had until just recently. It affected almost every area of my life for the poorer. Now that I see it, I can’t believe I hadn’t noticed it sooner and am a little sad at the lost time because of it. What was it? Short-term thinking. I think I started down the road of this habit   Read More ...

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James Clear recently sent out his his goal setting newsletter where he discussed the importance of setting identity-based goals and how these are easier to stick than action-oriented goals. “The key to building lasting habits is focusing on creating a new identity first. Your current behaviors are simply a reflection of your current identity.” Podcaster Sean McCabe (@seanwes) has talked about setting big audacious goals and how you need to   Read More ...

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When I decided to set my 2015 goals, I borrowed a core list of seven areas from Jon Acuff’s no longer available blog post: Why I quit New Years Resolutions Another thing I borrowed from Jon was a 52-day goal setting period. He said: I’m going to: 1. Pick a goal or two in each of the 7 areas of life. (e.g. Physical = Working out 4 days a week.) 2.   Read More ...

Groundhog Day Resolutions GTD and Lifehacks

Apparently, I missed a great productivity tip from Jerry Seinfeld that Lifehacker published way back in 2007. Seinfeld’s advice to would-be comic Brad Isaac was as follows: He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used   Read More ...

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My dad — a wonderful, wonderful man, full of faith, wisdom and joy — has one flaw: He’s a bit messy. And by “a bit”, I mean trending toward an episode of Hoarders. But you can’t blame him. He escaped from a communist-controlled country where it was illegal to have a Bible, lots of books, and even reams of blank paper. Who knows what kind of propaganda you could put   Read More ...

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Queuing up frivolous distractions lets me concentrate on the real things that need to get done.

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This year for my Groundhog Day Resolutions, I’m taking an idea from Chris Brogan. Each year, Chris uses three words to guide and direct his focus for the year. For me, I chose these three words: Deploy Serve Connect Deploy I’m full of good ideas. Have I ever told you I invented XML back in 1994? Too bad I never did anything with the idea; I could be rich like   Read More ...

Business Groundhog Day Resolutions GTD and Lifehacks

I was reading about The Writing Practice over at Chris Brogan’s blog. It’s about how he takes little snippets of time where ever he is to do a bit of writing. (He calls that time quilting. Clever.) One piece of advice he has there about writing practice is this: Publish often. Another place where our practice falls down is that we keep tons of drafts of things around, but never   Read More ...

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